Insecure Writers Support Group


It’s the first Wednesday of the month which means it’s time for The Insecure Writers Support Group! And I’m thrilled to be hosting this month, it’s been awhile.

Purpose: To share and encourage.

Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. If you’ve been through the fire you can offer your assistance, and guidance. It’s a safe- haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog.

Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time – and return comments. This group is all about connecting!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!
Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.

Remember, the question is optional!
April 1 question –

The IWSG’s focus is on our writers. Each month, from all over the globe, we are a united group sharing our insecurities, our troubles, and our pain.

So, in this time when our world is in crisis with the covid-19 pandemic, our optional question this month is: how are things in your world?

Insecure writer surely has taken on a new meaning these last few weeks.

My third book was scheduled to be released this week. Surprisingly it was released on March 17! It was a wonderful surprise, especially since that was also the same day I found out I was possibly exposed to the virus at a doctor’s appointment and then in the ER.

I’m fine. Thankfully I didn’t get sick and I haven’t been out of my house since then except for a walk, once and a short ride, once.

For me it isn’t so bad being stuck in the house. I honestly feel blessed. I’ve worked from home forever as a book/author coach and consultant and have been busier than ever. I’m also ghostwriting a book on identity theft and terrorism. This story is fascinating, and it’s also challenging me.

My husband who works 12 hours a day at a car dealership is now home and for him it hasn’t been as easy. We will be missing a big chunk of income, but honestly so many are much worse off.

I feel guilty being sad about all my planned author events, speaking, conferences etc.. being cancelled because so many are having to cancel their weddings.

My grandson missed his senior trip to Italy. He’s also missing his senior prom, baseball and possibly even his actual graduation. His sister is a college senior. Her internship was cancelled, softball and possibly her graduation too.

A friend had a new granddaughter born today and she can’t visit the hospital.

The saddest and at the same time the happiest for me is 3 dear friends who contracted the virus are now on the mend after some frightening days.

I refuse to get down or let any negativity in my space. Complaining about politics and politicians at a time like this helps no one. This virus doesn’t discriminate, so we are all at risk. This is the perfect time to remember kindness is always the answer.

The awesome co-hosts for the April posting of the IWSG are: Diane Burton, JH Moncrieff, Emaginette, Reprobate Typewriter, Erika Beebe, and Lisa Buie-Collard! Be sure to stop by and say thank you!

Stay safe and well, all of you and I hope you have plenty of time to Realize Your Writing Dreams!

Its here!

Something to look forward to!

18 Responses to “Insecure Writers Support Group”

  • It’s a hard time right now. Crazy to think how many people are missing milestone events just to survive and help others survive.

  • Glad to hear that you are getting some writing done! Stay safe.

  • A friend of mine posted that we should all grieve the things we’re missing without feeling guilty or comparing what we’re missing to what others are missing. It was a nice thing to hear. I feel bad for my nephew, who’s a high school senior. I feel bad for my mom and aunt, who weren’t able to get together to grieve for their mom, my grandma. But I also feel bad for the things I’m missing. I’m glad you’re staying positive and well!

  • Lisa:

    So glad your son Did NOT go to Italy!!! Close call, whew. It is sad that so many “firsts” or once in a lifetime happenings are now canceled, but in the long run, it’s a small price to pay to live, right? Glad you are safe.

  • It’s good to hear that you are fine, Doreen.
    The world has gone mad – it’s scary.
    Choose to stay positive, there’s enough doom and gloom out there; and be kind. My sentiments exactly.
    Stay safe!

  • Your post is very inspiring! And it’s encouraging to hear about people who are on the mend from the virus. For those of us especially who don’t know anyone personally that has gotten sick, we often only hear of those being diagnosed, and the deaths, and not the positives, which we know is out there!
    My son’s 18th birthday was yesterday, so obviously we weren’t able to provide all the fanfare we would have liked. Some friends and family stepped up to help make the day more special (from a distance), and we have some future plans that he’s excited about.

  • Glad you’re hanging in there. I understand re: the guilt about complaining when others have it so much worse. I’ve been feeling that myself. Gee, it sucks to have to stay home, when I really want to [insert trivial errand here]. Then I remember my doctor friend, for whom going to work is a life-threatening activity. Take care, and congrats on the new book!

  • Good to hear your friends are recovering!
    I’m sorry your husband can’t work, but hopefully it won’t be for months on end.
    Yeah, this would be a crappy time for a wedding and I’m sure there were a bunch planned.

  • That’s the incredible thing about C-19, everyone in the world is living a similar circumstance. I feel blessed too. We’re on our 19th day and everything is good.

  • So glad you did not get the virus. I think it is hard for any authors whose books are being released right now. It must be especially disappointing for debut authors. Glad you’re getting a lot of writing time in.

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